Category Archives: History

Eric Voegelin Quote

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The death of the spirit is the price of progress. Nietzsche revealed this mystery of the Western apocalypse when he announced that God was dead and that He had been murdered. This Gnostic murder is constantly committed by the men who sacrificed God to civilization. The more fervently all human energies are thrown into the great enterprise of salvation through world–immanent action, the farther the human beings who engage in this enterprise move away from the life of the spirit. And since the life the spirit is the source of order in man and society, the very success of a Gnostic civilization is the cause of its decline.” – Eric Voegelin

 

Inuit religion

Inuit religion representation

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The Body Amazing

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Consider that you can see less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum. As you read this, you are traveling at 220 km/sec across the galaxy. 90% of the cells in your body carry their own microbial DNA and are not ‘you’. The atoms in your body are 99.9999999999999999% empty space and none of them are the ones you were born with, but they all originated in the belly of a star. Human beings have 46 chromosomes, 2 less than the common potato.

The existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photoreceptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist. So you don’t just look at a rainbow, you create it. This is pretty amazing, especially considering that all the beautiful colors you see represent less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum.

NASA Lunar Science Institute, We Originated in the Belly of a Star (2012)

Pink moon

London in Colour, 1927 Film

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Lovely!  I kept wondering, where was this pretty girl in WWII?  What was this woman in the hat thinking while crossing the street?  Funny how adding color brings in reality.   Click here or below.

From the archives of the British Film Institute:

Incredible colour footage of 1920s London shot by an early British pioneer of film named Claude Frisse-Greene, who made a series of travelogues using the colour process his father William – a noted cinematographer – was experimenting with. It’s like a beautifully dusty old postcard you’d find in a junk store, but moving.

The resolution is good enough for full-screen enjoyment.

Book of Hours

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St Ambrose, Book of Hours

Book of Hours of Catherine of Cleves: St Ambrose. 1434-40

I love these little miniature books and can only imagine the life’s blood that went into them by the artists.  Look at the mussels or clams rendered in this picture.  Gorgeous!

Why mussels?  “The peaceful coexistence of the crab and mussels surrounding St. Ambrose, for example, are a commentary on his preaching abilities, for it was said he could reconcile the most bitter of enemies. (In the natural world mussels clamp down in the presence of crabs, which crave their delicate flesh.)”

Check this link.  You can see all of the Book of Hours in all its glory.  The internet is a blessing for me today!

 

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Just had a wonderful time at the Columbus Museum here in Columbus, Georgia.  Great art show, which included emerging artists and established ones  Very impressive!  I came back and started looking at my painting websites.  As usual, I am drawn to the Blaue Reiter.  When I looked up Alexei Jawlensky, the MoMA writeup  said he was a founding member of Neue künstlervereinigung münchen (NKVM).  And there he is in the same group as two other favorites – Werefin and Kandinsky.  I love this type of art.  The painting above is alexej-von-jawlensky, schokko with a red hat, 1909.  Then I found a lovely little one by an artist in the same group.  It definitely has a bit of a Russian vibe.  Love the cloth, love the teapot, love the fruit.   Very simple, but very emotional – comfort.  Igor Grabor, Pears on a blue tablecloth.

Pears_on_a_Blue_Tablecloth_by_Igor_Grabar,_1915